Staying Alive and Ready During A Survival Crisis

Posted: April 17, 2014 in Preparedness
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Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed to the fullest.  You should live the way you want, work at something you enjoy doing, reside where you want and get as much satisfaction from life as possible.  Along with that however, it is also prudent to be prepared for situations in life where things are contra to your best interests.  Disasters such as social unrest, war, famine, societal collapse, escalations in violent crime, etc., are just some of the things that in this day and age are of concern to many.  So, along with enjoying the good times, it is also important to prepare for the bad times.

The following are the things I consider the most important for preparing for your own survival during times of crisis.

  • There is no such thing as having too much canned food or water set aside.  If disaster strikes, grocery stores may not be available to supplement your needs.  You must maintain a minimum of 3 months worth of food and water per person.
  • Yes, yes, yes you must have a sufficient amount of guns and ammunition and be well versed in their use.  You may have sufficient quantities of emergency supplies, but if others try and forcibly take them, you must be able to hold onto what you have.
  • People can and will panic during disasters so avoid large crowds and any areas subject to martial law and or rioting. 
  • Use common sense and good judgement when deciding whom to trust.
  • Always keep  small amounts of cash on hand.  A disaster may render ATM’s and credit card systems useless.  If so, cash or barter may be the only ways to immediately conduct business.
  • Take responsibility for your own survival.  Ability without character is useless.  Remain as moral and as ethical during times of crisis as you deem prudent.

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  1. “Always keep small amounts of cash on hand” ,Huh?
    What’s small? $10, $100, or $1000 (i.e. Donald Trumps idea of chump change).
    Once the infra structure collapses $1000’s of dollars may be the price of a loaf of bread.
    That or a bullet a $1 for each pop.

    • rmactsc says:

      Best to keep enough on hand for as long as you anticipate a disaster to last. As an example a power outage might occur and some businesses may choose to operate anyway but will only accept cash and will not make change.

      • Nope and I warrant that an inexperienced prepper reading this is looking for more than that statement.

        Consider a terrorist attack on the US power grid. Something I believe the US have exercised for. If it happened, within seconds, ATM’s would cease and soon after banks would slam their doors.

        WordPress “experts” cite 3 months plus without power. One thing is certain, the banks won’t open soon and normal commerce will cease immediately.

        So lets assume 3 months before the banks reopened. (and I’m being VERY optimistic about that time scale).

        An article written in Jan 2012 by quoted blue collar US workers as earning round $15 per hour, $1800 per month. Three months, $5400

        How many blue collars actually have the ability to keep that amount surplus in a cookie jar?

        This is where theory parts with my reality too because I’ve got bills to pay, the desire to eat, keep warm, run the car, and keep clean, thus being a blue collar worker I’m lucky if we have $40 at the end of our month. I’m pretty certain there will be a fair few out in blogland in the US and UK who will be nodding to this tune too.

        $5000 US just sat there indefinitely? No chance.

        The average Jane or John Doe (non suit type person) carries $40-$60 tops in his wallet and $1000-$3000 in credit cards (typically maxed out). Totally useless now nothing whirs.

        IMHO I know what’s better than folding stuff and easier to obtain. Most blue collar know this one too.

        A crowbar and / or bullets.

      • rmactsc says:

        I stand by my statement. Keep a reasonable amount of cash on hand in small denominations for survival emergencies. Reasonable is up to each person to decide.

  2. “You can’t eat folding money,” my Dad used to point out. He survived the Great Depression, leaving home as a young man and living off the land and survived that period. No matter what your bank account, you can always stash away “something” and little bits add up, and you make do.
    My home has a “small amount of cash” meant to tide us over while that folding money may have some value. Not having a crystal ball, I don’t know what will be of value, so we “generalize” a bit!

    Back to Dad – Being of a practical nature, which he passed on to me, he always had a storeroom with “essentials” but more important than that he believed in something more than just surviving.
    He was responsible for himself and his family, and would never dream of relying on anyone else to take care of his/our needs. He raised us to believe we were “rich” – and it wasn’t just in cash – it was in being self reliant and capable with skills.

    I am not much of a “prepper” – but I am a self reliant capable person with a life style of preparedness at its core, not believing in “hoarding”, but as stated in your post’s last point,” •Take responsibility for your own survival. Ability without character is useless. Remain as moral and as ethical during times of crisis as you deem prudent.” And I thank you for adding that. What’s the use of surviving if you don’t have character and a quality of life no matter what?


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